Monday, September 15, 2014

A Watery Monday Mystery...!

Sometimes a good mystery can come from somewhere far away, just like the one today. This little gem comes all the way from China!

Like many of our mysteries, this one has never been figured out. Unsolved is the way we like 'em here at the Hermit's, right?

Poyang Lake, China
The Place Of Death

Poyang Lake

Poyang Lake is located in the north of Jiangxi Province, China. It is the largest freshwater lake in the country, measuring 3,500 square kilometers (1,350 mi2) with an average depth of 8 meters (26 ft). The lake is home to an amazing variety of aquatic life and migratory birds, including the finless freshwater porpoise.

Despite its relatively shallow waters, Poyang Lake is known for being deceptively dangerous. Since the early 1960s, more than 200 boats have been swallowed up by the lake, resulting in the disappearance of over 1,600 people. The disappearances are so frequent that the lake is often referred to as the “Bermuda Triangle of the East” or “The Place of Death” by locals.

The mystery of Poyang Lake also lies in the fact that despite the high number of missing vessels on the lake (including a massive Japanese Navy ship), no wreckage or artifacts, including human remains, have been found. The Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology has devoted a great deal of time and effort over the last few years, to unraveling the mysteries of Poyang Lake. Their last expedition at the lake took place in 2012 but yielded few results and so the mystery endures.

We can thank the fine folks over at Listverse for finding this mystery for us to ponder. Good source for all manner of facts and stories!

We better have our coffee in the kitchen again today. How does some fresh baked bread sound?


Mamahen said...

That certainly is a puzzler! Kitchen is fine..still cool here mid 40's....I'll bring some homemade apple butter to go with that yummy fresh baked bread :))

Chickenmom said...

Not a nice place to go fishing! Apple butter and fresh bread - good way to start the week! 42 here.

linda m said...

Ohhhh, that is a good one for today. I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Kitchen is fine with me as it is cold outside and going to rain. thanks for the fresh bread and thanks Mamahen for the apple butter.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I think I would find a better place to fish. . .

JO said...

I'm with the others no fishing going on there with me either. But a good mystery to think about.

Nice and cool here at 76 degrees loving these mornings and can wait for the days to be this cool too.

Sixbears said...

Large shallow lakes can produce dangerous choppy waves out of nowhere. The fact that no remains are ever found is a mystery.

Unlike most folks, I wouldn't mind checking out the lake myself. I love a mystery that much.